‘Power ON!’ yells out Kadek, our pint sized leader from the front of the pack.
We’re on e-bikes, cruising along windy roads, passing through small villages in a stunning part of central Bali. The sun is shining, we have blue skies overhead and an adventure in front of us.
There’s a few wobbles and clunking of gears as we get to know our bikes. Unexpected spurts of speed surprise us as we learn to master the power throttle, but it doesn’t take long for us to slip into cruise mode.
We quickly learn to listen up to Kadek’s instructions. Power ON! means there’s hills ahead.
It’s a thrill to power up hills that I would normally have to surrender to.
I do my bit, pedalling hard, but that extra surge of power takes me to places I normally couldn’t get to. That’s what I love about e-biking. It opens up places to those amongst us who like to cruise, not race, have dodgy knees or just don’t love slogging it out up big hills on two wheels. This is pedalling without the pain.
There’s no doubt the highlight of the day is rolling into the stunning UNESCO listed rice terraces at Jatiluwih.
Spectacular lush green terraces as far as you can see, set against the back drop of Mt Agung and Mt Batur, leave one breathless. The ingenuity behind these hand built terraces and subak, a co-operative water sharing system, is impressive in today’s world of mechanization.
Power OFF! Kadek yells out as we head onto the path through the ricefields. It’s a path for farmers and the occasional motorbike. No cars. Pure peace. It’s downhill but a little bumpy. We take Kadek’s advice of ‘stay either on the left or the right… don’t go down the grassy middle bit!’
A little advice for the less experienced riders amongst us…. ‘where you look is where you go’.
So if you take your eye off the path, distracted by the lush cool green of the rice fields swaying in the breeze, there’s a good chance that’s where you’ll end up. One of our riders did just that.
Swept up by the scenery, she found herself upside down in the rice fields taking an instant mud bath.
The quick thinking gal behind her jumped straight into rescue mode, launching herself into the mud, checking for damage, hauling the muddy one back to the track. No harm done, aside from some very bent rice stalks. By the time everyone caught up, most of us had dissolved into laughter. Our rescue hero, used to dealing with emergencies on a farm, earnt herself the nickname of SES for the rest of the trip. (*SES is State Emergency Services for the non-Australians reading this blog)
We got back on track once Kadek gave the muddy bike a wash down in the irrigation channel, each one of us promising to keep our eyes on the road.
Forty five minutes later we were chatting over our lunch of Nasi Campur, reliving the day, sharing laughs, patting ourselves on the back for an adventure well done.
Nearly everyone in the group was new to e-biking with various levels of fitness and cycling experience. We made it to the end together and had a lot of fun along the way. You do need to know how to ride a bike, but you don’t need to be a cycling pro.
For nervous cyclists (that’s me) you’ll find e-biking empowering in so many ways.
You get to enjoy spectacular scenery, get a workout (with a little help), and can have a great day out with your serious cyclists friends. It sure beats the tour bus option.
Keen to try e-biking in Bali? Book on to a Green Bikes Bali tour. They do a great job. Or join the next Bali Insiders Fitness Retreat. The Green Bikes tour is included along with a program of fitness/Pilates/yoga, cooking, sound healing, and spa time, all enjoyed amongst new friends.
For the most spectacular e-biking experience you can ever imagine, join us on the next Sharing The French Alps trip. We take a day out from hiking to e-bike around the alps, tackling the famous Alp d’Huez, just like the Tour de France pros. It’s a blast.